The grants will help tenants who have struggled financially as a direct result of the pandemic, allowing them to reduce or pay-off any rent arrears they have built up. The grants do not have to be repaid and are available to tenants in Council, Housing Association or Privately-Rented accommodation.
Councillor Jacqui Todd, Cabinet Member for Housing, Welfare and Poverty said: “The Tenant Grant Fund has been introduced to help with rent arrears that have built up between 23 March 2020 and 9 August 2021 and can be used to make a full or partial payment of arrears. Our aim is to ensure funding is targeted towards supporting households who are at the greatest risk of becoming homeless or are threatened with homelessness.
“The scheme is designed to be flexible, however the funding is only available until next March. I would urge our local tenants, either in social housing or private lets, to get in touch as soon as possible and find out how we can help.”
Eligibility criteria set by the Scottish Government:
Local authorities are administering payments and East Ayrshire has received an allocation of funding, which is only available until Thursday 31 March 2022.
If you are a Council tenant please call our Housing Options Team on 01563 554400 option 5 and then option 2 and ask about the Tenant Grant Fund or email email@example.com
Landlords, letting agents or third sector organisations should email: firstname.lastname@example.org and request an application form.